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This week’s Big Ten Buzz

[ 0 ] November 6, 2013 |

Minnesota hosts struggling Penn State on Saturday. If they win, it will be the Gophers’ first four-game winning streak in Big Ten play since 1973.

Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson established career highs for touchdown passes (four), completions (16) and yards (298) in last week’s 42-39 victory over Indiana.

Penn State’s Bill Belton rushed for a career-best 201 rushing yards in last week’s overtime victory against Illinois. He became the first Nittany Lion running back to crack the 200-yard mark since Larry Johnson recorded a 279-yard game in 2002.

Linebacker Denicos Allen became the fourth Michigan State player to be named Big Ten defensive player of the week. He played an instrumental role in holding Michigan to minus 48 yards rushing last week, the lowest total in a FBS game this season. Allen had two sacks and three tackles for a loss.

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Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) at Michigan (6-2, 2-2), 2:30 p.m., ABC

The Wolverines were humbled by in-state rival Michigan State last week in East Lansing, 29-6. Michigan had scored 145 points in the three previous games. Nebraska, meanwhile, snuck past reeling Northwestern with a last-second Hail Mary, 27-24, turning third-team quarterback Ron Kellogg III into a Husker legend. A loss by the Huskers will give Michigan State a two-game lead in the Legends Division. The Wolverines will be looking to save face, but a loss here might send the season into complete free fall. Remember when everyone was fretting about Ohio State and Michigan playing in the final regular-season game, then turning around and playing again for the Big Ten Championship? Seems like ancient history.

 

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